September, 2014

Galapagos Islands

I was privileged to join the Biology Faculty from BYU-Idaho on an excursion to Ecuador to visit the Amazon basin, the cloud forest (temperate forests in the foothills of the Andes), and the Galapagos Islands. It really was the trip of a lifetime. I’ve been slowly editing and categorizing photographs. I will post a few galleries of images here. For more exhaustive bird galleries, you may want to visit my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/50655108@N05/

The Galapagos Islands were great. We were able to visit four islands (San Cristobal, Floreana, Santa Cruz, and Isabela). The landscape was spectacular. The wildlife was spectacular and approachable (great for photography). Overall it was just a great and cool place. Below are some landscape photographs and a few wildlife images. For a more exhaustive bird and animal gallery you could visit my flickr album here: Galapagos Islands (wildlife)

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Charles Darwin Monument, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Wrecked Ship, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Kicker Rock off of Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Beach with Volcana, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Moss-covered Tree at Junco Lake, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Plants on the Volcano at Junco Lake, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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BYU-Idaho Biology Faculty on the Volcano at Junco Lake, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Darwin Statue/Arch, Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Volcano on Isla Isabel, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Sunrise from the Beach at Isla Isabel, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Blue-footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Brown Pelicans, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Magnificent Frigatebird, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Greater Flamingo, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Brown Noddy, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Lava Gull, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Red-billed Tropicbird, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Finch Extremes: Large Ground Finch (top), Warbler Finch (bottom), Galapagos Islands 2014

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Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Sea Lions, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Sally Lightfoot Crab, Galapagos Islands 2014

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Ecuador, Cloud Forest (Bella Vista Lodge)

I was privileged to join the Biology Faculty from BYU-Idaho on an excursion to Ecuador to visit the Amazon basin, the cloud forest (temperate forests in the foothills of the Andes), and the Galapagos Islands. It really was the trip of a lifetime. I’ve been slowly editing and categorizing photographs. I will post a few galleries of images here. For more exhaustive bird galleries, you may want to visit my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/50655108@N05/

This post contains some images that highlight the time we spent at the Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve. This was a beautiful location where we were fortunate enough to see a wide variety of birds as: Toucans, Hummingbirds, Parrots, Barbets, Mountain Tanagers, and many others. Because of the lights at the lodge huge numbers of beautiful moths visit the reserve in the evenings. The weather was great and the scenery and plant life was spectacular. We spent two days here and could have stayed longer. Below are some landscape and wildlife photos. For a more exhaustive bird/wildlife gallery visit my flickr album here: Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve

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Cloud Forest (afternoon), Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador 2014

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Cloud Forest (morning), Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador 2014

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Ferns and Plants, Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador 2014

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Beetles eating (I forget the name of the plant), Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador 2014

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Turquoise Jay, Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador 2014

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Equator Marker, near Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador 2014

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Booted Rackettail, Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador 2014

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Buff-tailed Coronet, Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador 2014

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Masked Trogon, Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador 2014

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White-faced Puffbird, Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador 2014

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Big Moth, Bella Vista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador 2014

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Amazon Basin (Sani Lodge), Ecuador

I was privileged to join the Biology Faculty from BYU-Idaho on an excursion to Ecuador to visit the Amazon basin, the cloud forest (temperate forests in the foothills of the Andes), and the Galapagos Islands. It really was the trip of a lifetime. I’ve been slowly editing and categorizing photographs. I will post a few galleries of images here. For more exhaustive bird galleries, you may want to visit my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/50655108@N05/

This post contains some images that highlight the time a couple other faculty and I spent at the Sani Lodge in the Amazon Basin. This was an amazing place and we were fortunate enough to see a wide variety of animals such as: Caiman, Giant River Otters, Vipers, Monkeys, etc. We also obviously saw great birds including: Toucans, Macaws, Parrots, Antbirds, Barbets, Cotingas, Tanagers, and many others. We were able to spend five days in the Amazon and it was so great. Below are some landscape and wildlife photos. For a more exhaustive bird/wildlife gallery visit my flickr album here: Amazon Basic, Ecuador (wildlife)

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Napo River (site of Sani Lodge), Ecuador, 2014

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Napo River (in fog and rain), Ecuador 2014

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Elevated “sidewalk” leading to Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Jose (our guide), paddling a canoe in the black water stream, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Canoe Dock, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Guest Cabin, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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View of the Lake from the Restaurant, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Trail Head, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Rob at the base of the Canopy Tower, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Todd, Rob, and Myself on the Canopy Tower, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Canopy Tower, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Giant River Otter, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Woolly Monkey, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Black-headed Parrot, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Black Hawk-Eagle with Snake, YaSuni National Park, Ecuador 2014

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White-throated Toucan, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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American Pygmy Kingfisher, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Capped Heron, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Squirrel Cuckoo, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Gilded Barbet, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Giant Potoo, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Pied Puffbird, Sani Lodge, Ecuador 2014

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Quito, Ecuador

I was privileged to join the Biology Faculty from BYU-Idaho on an excursion to Ecuador to visit the Amazon basin, the cloud forest (temperate forests in the foothills of the Andes), and the Galapagos Islands. It really was the trip of a lifetime. I’ve been slowly editing and categorizing photographs. I will post a few galleries of images here. For more exhaustive bird galleries, you may want to visit my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/50655108@N05/

Here are a few photographs in and around the city of Quito

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City of Quito, Ecuador 2014

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Virgin of Quito, Quito, Ecuador 2014

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Equator Marker, Quito, Ecuador 2014

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Shrine to the Virgin Mary, near Pifo, Ecuador 2014

 

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